Saturday, July 15, 2006

Spin the war

Reconstruction is gonna cost a lot of money.
Being under house arrest has given me a lot of time to come up with financing strategies for when this is all over.

And I think our best bet lies in milking the publicity we are getting for all it's worth by spinning it into brand marketing/advertising. I'll throw these ideas at you, readers, and you let me know which you think works best.


Idea #1:

Brand = Nike
Slogan = Just Do It
Concept = Hezbolla embodies that impulsive drive to just do something without the bothersome restrictions of foresight or consensus.
Cost = Hezbollah must make a slight modification to the flag.

28 Comments:

Blogger AlbuquerqueAmerican said...

Ramzi, your post had me laughing harder than I've done in weeks. A bit of humor helps. Black humor, to be sure, but humor nonetheless, and helpful to boot.

Idea #1. the concept is great, except that I think Hezbollah did have a reasonably accurate foresight concerning developments to date. However, there is no doubt that Hezb. doesn't give a hoot what anyone else thinks.

6:51 PM, July 15, 2006  
Blogger Eve said...

I don't know whether to laugh or cry... akh ya ramzi akh...

10:03 PM, July 15, 2006  
Blogger Fouad said...

brilliant ya akhoul dyeneh! hahahahahahahaha

1:53 AM, July 16, 2006  
Blogger Delirious said...

Ramzi...Brilliant :)

2:05 AM, July 16, 2006  
Blogger Mirvat said...

:)

3:40 AM, July 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah just do it, fuck us all ( the lebanese people ) and don't think twice, just do it.

4:19 AM, July 16, 2006  
Blogger Xylocaine said...

Does it come in colors or they'll stick to yellow?!

4:37 AM, July 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

god, funny!:)! bitter smile.

as an Israeli I don't want to butt in to a lebanese blog but I want to ask what the chances are that lebanon can force Hezbollah to let the lebanese army deploy in the south, to take Hezbollah's weapons away or to succesfully stop Hezbollah from using them.

one last question: if Hezbollah is enlisted into the lebanese army, isn't there a risk that they'll not always follow army orders and will instead, sometimes, still fire rockets?

anyway, bitterly sad for u guys.
Like many Israelis, I was proud of the Lebanese who demonstrated for Syria to leave. Proud of the success of people who want their freedom. Proud of those who took the anti-Syria, anti-Hezbollah line and I wish you all the success in the world.

5:05 AM, July 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good one!
Thanks for making us laugh Zi...haven't been able to do that for a few days!
The problem is that the publicity money would be used for buying "means" to satisfy new "impulses"!!!!
Looking forward to idea #2
Take care and hang on!
na

6:46 AM, July 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iranian rockets: 10 millions
Jihad preachers: two pence a dosen
F*** everyone around: priceless.

1:28 PM, July 16, 2006  
Blogger Jamal said...

ditto fouad

ya akhou el dyenehh

:)

3:17 PM, July 16, 2006  
Anonymous MAZe said...

Good one!

now all you need is a superathlete to fly the flag.

i wonder who's going to pay the sponsorship??

5:20 PM, July 16, 2006  
Blogger howie said...

As an American having lived in Israel and married to an Israeli...understand that we have no grudge with Lebanon over than folks keeping forcing their way in and using it as a launching ground for terror attacks. Lebanon has been the victim of geography, colonialism and imperialism. I think Israel and Lebanon have far more in common that not. Too bad we can't find a way to reach past Iran, Syria, Palestinians etc. to make our on pact and enjoy each other and each other's lovely countries and people.

7:18 PM, July 17, 2006  
Anonymous Israeli Guy said...

I'm an Israeli. I support my government's decision to pound the stuffing out of Hizbullah. At the same time, I am sad for your people and what is happening to your country. Its a damned waste. And, to be honest, though I am an Israeli hawk, I do not know that we will accomplish anything more than exhausting Hizbullah's rocket supplies and eliminating enough fighters that they will need a new recruiting drive.

I could be critical of your government's inaction on R. 1559, but in truth, I know deep within that they could not accomplish the task. Maybe an international force mandated to take action in disarming them is the only way. I don't know. I do hope we see peace with your people as we have come to see peace with Jordan (and to some degree Egypt), perhaps with the same kinds of security and economic cooperation.

I hope this ends soon to both our nations' benefit, though with the neighborhood we live in, it seems like a fool's hope. May we both live in peace.

8:39 PM, July 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We would love for you to Post on PostGlobal at WashingtonPost.com to share your views with our readers. Michael Young and Sami Moubayed are two regional journalists who write for us and we would love the voices of people from the city to let us know what it is like.

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/postglobal/2006/07/13/post_1/

9:47 PM, July 17, 2006  
Blogger Enriqueta said...

dude,

your ability to raise awareness with the serious bloggs and this is brilliant.

I am sending this to friends in the state, we are praying for a real solution.
I just read that the UN may actually be helping the Lebonnese government to disarm with international troops. I hope it works!
blessings,
Enriqueta

11:31 PM, July 17, 2006  
Blogger Ramzi said...

Thanks all for finding this hilarious!
I was woried some would take it too seriously...

12:25 AM, July 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be great if the railway - blocked at Rosh Haniqra - from Lebanon to Israel would one day be reopened. Hopefully good things will come from bad.
(from a Doctor in Australia)

2:42 PM, July 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say Lebanon should sue Iran and Syria for the cost of rebuilding since they are the ones who caused the conflict.

5:26 PM, July 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May whom ever you pray to help all humanity in this war on terrorism.
This is good against evil. Oil should help rebuild Lebanon with Iran and Syria paying the way.
An American

11:17 PM, July 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am an american jew who always loved Lebanon and the Lebanese people. Remain steadfast and hold on.Get rid of this Hezbollah-vermin. There use to be a saying: Nobody knows who will be the first Arab country that will make peace with Israel, but everybody knows who will be second: Lebanon. It didn't happen, thanks to Arafat and et al. Now there is a good chance. You have the most beautiful beaches. You had the best banking system.....Remain steadfast and get rid of terrorism, ignorance. Prosper in friendly competition with Israel. Show what a miracle peace and commerce with your neighbour is. Please remain steadfast.

12:28 AM, July 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this true?
The IDF has found that Hizbullah is preventing civilians from leaving villages in southern Lebanon. Roadblocks have been set up outside some of the villages to prevent residents from leaving, while in other villages Hizbullah is preventing UN representatives from entering, who are trying to help residents leave. In two villages, exchanges of fire between residents and Hizbullah have broken out. (Hanan Greenberg)

3:55 AM, July 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the advertising manipulations are a superb way to emphasize how insane the situation is.

No matter how many people go into chat rooms talking about civilian casualties, we all sadly know this will not make any difference.

So let's push for more artistic agitations along these lines.

4:36 PM, July 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hezbollah's Iranian Connection
Prior to the rise of the Shia in Iraq, Hezbollah -- as a radical Shiite Islamist organization -- was Iran's main asset in the Arab world. In fact, it likely will continue to be used by Tehran as a key tool for furthering Iranian geopolitical interests in the region, until such time as Shiite power has been consolidated in Baghdad and Iran's interests there secured.

In its earliest days, Hezbollah was a classic militant organization -- the creation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the elite unit of the Iranian military. It was founded as a way to export the ideals of Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini's Islamic revolution to the Shiite community of Lebanon, and served as a model for follow-on organizations (some even using the same name) in other Arab states. It did not take long, however, for Hezbollah to emerge in Lebanon as a guerrilla movement, whose fighters were trained in conventional military tactics.

In the mid-1980s, Iran's premier intelligence agency, the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), assumed the task of managing Tehran's militant assets -- not just in the Middle East but in other parts of the world as well. This allowed the Iranians, through a special unit within MOIS, to strike at Israeli interests in places as diverse as Latin America and Southeast Asia.

The relationship between MOIS and Hezbollah remains a subject worthy of study in light of the current situation in Lebanon. Of course, Iran has been Hezbollah's chief source of funding and weapons over the years, and the Iranians continue to supply extensive training in weapons, tactics, communications, surveillance and other methods to the militant wing of Hezbollah in Lebanon. The relationship is sufficiently close that the Hezbollah branch in Iran proper recently declared it would unleash militant attacks against Israelis and Americans around the world if given the order by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (Tehran insists that Hezbollah is not an arm of official policy.)

We have previously discussed the possibility that Hezbollah might be moved to seize hostages or engage in other militant acts, given the pressure the Israelis now are bringing to bear. There is some question, of course, as to whether Iran might be involved in future militant operations -- and if so, what assets it might use and the modalities that would apply.

An Organizational Model

There is a division of labor of sorts in the way that Iran manages its foreign assets: The IRGC (which is led by a professional military officer with strong ideological credentials as an Islamist) oversees the Lebanese Hezbollah, while MOIS (which almost always is headed by a cleric) manages militant operatives and groups in other parts of the Muslim world -- Afghanistan, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, India. Moreover, MOIS also maintains contacts among the Shiite immigrant populations in non-Muslim countries, including those in the West.

It also is important to note that radical Shiite Islamist ideology is only one factor that shapes Tehran's decisions. Ethnicity and nationalism also play an important role in Iran's dealings with Shiite allies of Arab, South Asian and other descent. The Persians claim a rich cultural heritage, which they view as superior to that of the Arabs. This attitude impacts the level of trust and cooperation between the Iranians and other Shiite groups -- including Hezbollah -- when it comes to sensitive international operations. It is little wonder, then, that the Lebanese organization's sphere of operations does not extend much beyond the Levant.





It follows that Hezbollah is a useful tool for Iran in its dealings with Israel, but in few other areas. However, Iranian intelligence has cultivated numerous groups that can serve its interests in other parts of the world, and it maintains contact with these groups through MOIS operatives placed in diplomatic posts.

A History of Cooperation

Though it has been many years since Hezbollah carried out significant attacks beyond the Middle East, the participation of MOIS agents in some of those attacks is worthy of note. Investigations into the 1988 hijacking of Kuwait Airways Flight 422 out of Bangkok and two bombings in Buenos Aires -- in 1992 and 1994 -- both revealed involvement by MOIS, coordinating with local Hezbollah operatives. However, to provide plausible deniability, the hijacking and bomb teams were deployed from outside the targeted country; the assets in place were used to conduct preoperational surveillance on potential targets.

Up close, what this would mean is that the MOIS officer at the Iranian embassy in the target country or city would maintain close contact with the Hezbollah cells in his area or responsibility. Given the rules of intelligence work, an "official asset" like a diplomat is usually under suspicion and surveillance as an intelligence officer (or IO); therefore, less-prominent Hezbollah members can be used to case potential targets. In a situation where a MOIS agent is believed to be under such tight surveillance that he cannot function effectively, the Iranians might call on the services of a clandestine MOIS agent instead. In the case of the 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, the MOIS officer was the Iranian cultural attache, who oversaw the operation from the safety of his embassy office. The Argentines eventually declared seven embassy employees as "persona non grata" due to suspected connections to the bombing.

Upon receiving a "go" order for an operation -- such as assassinations of Iranian dissidents or the kidnappings of Western diplomatic and intelligence personnel (for instance, CIA station chief William F. Buckley in 1984 and U.S. Marine Lt. Col. William R. Higgins in 1988) -- activity levels at the embassy spike. The role of MOIS frequently would be to provide the cash or supply weapons or materials needed for an attack carried out by its "militant assets." In some countries, such as Britain (where Hezbollah bombed a Jewish charity in 1994), it can be difficult to obtain items like blasting caps and explosives; these can be supplied with the protection of a diplomatic pouch.

Many MOIS intelligence operatives have been educated in the United States or in Britain, wear nice suits, are multilingual and move easily in Western social circles -- unlike the IRGC operatives in Lebanon, who, socially speaking, are rougher around the edges. The combination of their brains and Hezbollah's willingness to pursue martyrdom can produce highly formidable capabilities.

With Hezbollah under attack in Lebanon and Iran unable to send significant reinforcements, there is some possibility that Hezbollah might resort to staging an attack abroad as a way of countering the Israeli assault. If so, it is highly likely that operatives already are on the move; the organization has been known to use "off the shelf" operational plans in the past, and its targeting information and surveillance would need to be updated -- regardless of whether an order to strike is actually issued. It is reasonable to believe that Hezbollah would find it advantageous to coordinate with MOIS again, as in past operations. Whether the Iranians would see events through the same lens, however, is much less clear. Tehran might cooperate in an attack only if it is willing to seriously escalate the current conflict in the Middle East -- which, given its many interests in the region, does not appear so far to be the case.
Send questions or comments on this article to analysis@stratfor.com.

4:13 PM, July 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nobody is posting since july 21st. well I guess that Siniora, Aoun and Berry have really screwed up by playing cossy with Hezbollah. Sorry.............stupid leaders...........

4:53 AM, August 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who won? who lost? it's of no importance, unless the Lebanese people make it really important, e.g.: there is going to be another war; it will probably start with Lebanon and maybe Syria; Iran will be isolated because nobody wants the mullahs to have nukes; (by the way I have been reading that they are the biggest real estate owners in Toronto, CANADA.............this should be disseminated in Iranian blogs); this was a "proving" war, to test and see what Hez. is capable of; the Israelis got plenty of help from courageous Lebanese whom I suspect of pinpointing lots of things; the damage to Beirut was very accurate and controlled; the damaged centered on all the neighbourhoods that Hez. controlled and that ordinary Lebanese "could not get in"; don't cry for me Argentina= don't cry for Lebanon;the important question is: how to get rid of this vermin and their associates and rebuild Lebanon.....when the next round starts again, druze, sunnis, christians and democratic shia should stand united..............how to stop the internal fighting that's of the most importance.....................Lebanon has been manipulated too long by outside forces that have taken advantage of the different groups; Is Nasrallah a palestinian who has done to Lebanon what Arafat tried to do or is he a Lebanese who has done what he wants, whenever he wants and with "no knowledge" by the government of his actions and no concern for the Lebanese people. What a rat. He is now distributing 15000 dollars per family and that's is a challenge to Hariri, Siniora et al...............Are these gentlemen capable of such largese? Are the Saudis capable of such largese? If I would be a "donor" I would offer this kind of help to any lebanese that has not gotten and will not get any money from Hez..........people think...........tjhink and act...............and make it inclusive against the forces that darken the future of Lebanon.

I am going to post this same message in other blogs

1:50 AM, August 19, 2006  
Anonymous Ivor Manuel prophet said...

GOD SPEAKS to AMERICA!

AMERICA AWAKE!
OPEN YOUR EYES WIDE and LISTEN! The SPIRIT of GOD IS SPEAKING to YOU and SHOWING YOU that HE SPEAKS to HIS PEOPLE in TRUTH without FEAR. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! RISE UP IN PEACE AGAINT LIES and WAR!

Referring the War in Iraq
Rev, Jim Wallis said: “This WAR, from the CHRISTIAN POINT of VIEW, IS MORALLY WRONG and WAS from the BEGINNING.” “This WAR is an OFFENCE AGAINST GOD.” Sojourners/Call to Renewal.
Rev. Raphael G. Warnock said: “CONGRESS is to MORALLY INEPT to INTERVINE and STOP WAR”. “Mr. Bush, my Christian brother. We do need a SURGE in TROOPS.” “We need a SURGE in NON-VIOLENT ARMY of the LORD.” “We need a SURGE in CONSCIENCE and a SURGE in ACTIVISM and a SURGE in TRUTH-TELLING”. Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Referring George W. Bush
Prophet ZECHARIAH says:
“Woe to the IDOL SHEPHERD that LEAVES the FLOCK! The SWORD shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye; his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.” Chapter 11: 17.

The anti-CHRIST idolizes Military Power and Wealth; he leads in confusion his own people as well as others with fear and lies into WAR. Cowardly he will not exorcise a sword into battle himself; his arm will be dried from Blood and his darkened conscience will not be affected by the spilling of Blood of Innocents.

Prophet HABAKKUK says:
“Woe to him that BUILDS a TOWN with blood, and ESTABLISHES a CITY by INIQUITY!” BEHOLD, IT IS NOT of THE LORD of HOST that the PEOPLE SHALL LABOUR in the VERY (WAR) FIRE, and the PEOPLE shall WEARY themselves for VERY (PRIDE-ARROGANCE) VANITY.” Chapter 2: 12, 13.


The following is the end of part one of:
“THE REVELATION for PEACE from JESUS CHRIST to the World.”
The Prophetic book was given to the prodigal son Ivor Manuel, before the Presidential Elections of 2004 by OUR LORD, it was published then in the web. www.ALEUZENEV.com.

Then, the BOOK of DANIEL [“GOD is my JUDGE” his Hebrew name] continued to be as a night vision of revelations in chapter 7 verse 10, as he opened the BOOKS as commanded by The LORD; for the JUDGEMENT of GOD to the Gentiles has already being SET upon this nation; and now is being brought forth unto TRUTH: “A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him: thousand thousands ministered unto Him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him; the JUDGEMENT was set, and the BOOKS were OPENED.” Then he saw PSALM 2 again: “Be wise now therefore, O you Kings: be instructed, you Judges of the Earth. . . Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling.” And HIS voice thundered “Behold! Behold! I AM the PRINCE of PEACE, the only ONE thus says the LORD, and as I said before I say now; this is in deed the Time to bring JUDGEMENTMENT to the Gentiles and reveal TRUTH to the nations, here is a little and there comes a little more.”
And behold; the night vision was now like in a great television screen showing the name: The King of MYSTERY BABYLON the GREAT; then there appeared the President of the United States of America; dressed with a tricolor hooded cloak garment of stars. And he had in his head a crown of gold that was melting; and the precious metal was going into his eyes making him blind; and when he walked toward a ceremonial bowl filled with water to clean his eyes; he then tripped his foot against a Stone, a tried Stone, a precious corner Stone set by the ceremonial bowl that was filled with water. And as he stumbled and fell, his right foot got caught into the ceremonial vessel and the water turned to blood. The President was trying desperately to get his foot out of the bowl while his back was against the floor; but his foot was caught in the vessel with his greed and egotistical pride; and he was shaking his foot with anger and the satisfaction of force while on his back; but the ritual kettle was boiling over with the sacrificial blood of multitudes of humans and melting his sword. Poor and innocent soldiers from many nations, poor and innocent civilians from Afghanistan and Iraq; the blood of poor and innocent children, women and elders from the all over the World was overflowing along his side. And his cabinet along with the republican and democratic courts, and the clergy were there by his side; standing on their knees inebriated with the wrath of his wine; as the American ceremonial vessel became a drowning river of blood. And there came on the screen the words written: “The LAMENTATION of ABOMINABLE HIPOCRASY.”
I Pray for AMERICA and PEACE for the WORLD.
“Chosen and Faithful, you have been called to stand for the Gospel of Peace at the right hand of the LORD.” Behold! ALELUYA!...AMEN!...ALEUZENEV! Ivor Manuel prophet

12:14 AM, March 24, 2007  
Anonymous Ivor Manuel prophet said...

Back to the Future 4/19/1993, 4/19/195, 4/20/1999, 4/16/07
Where is the Wisdom of a Great Nation?
The wisdom is in the teachings of the Government and its actions as well.
Where is the Moral of a Great Nation?
The Moral is in the Law of GOD and the Works of HIS people.
Is Wisdom then found in the teaching of Violence and Works of Peace doing WAR?
If this was thus, a Great Nation would have no Enemies
4/19/1993
On this day United States Government forces taught Violence, Killing almost 100 innocent women and children with Battle tanks, flame throwers and poison gas as the people watched “Terror on television.” This killing of innocent civilians was a cruel act of Terrorism.
4/19/1995
On this day Timothy McVeigh, whom learn the teachings of Violence from the United State Army, “terrorized the nation” bombing the Murrah Federal Building and killing 168 innocents, many of them children.
1/1/1999
On this day the Nation was warned in a tourist magazine with these prophetic words: “If the people of America fail to fire (Impeach) the KING, (President Bill Clinton) they will bring great commendation upon the land of America.” Read www.aleuzenev.com
4/20/1999
By this day the President had not been impeached out of office. On this day Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold executed terror at Columbine High School with guns, killing 12 school mates and one teacher before they committed suicide. On April of 1999 prior to the “Columbine massacre”; the WORD of The LORD came to me and is written in the second report saying: “The chaplain prays for the assembled, the plaintiff and defendant swear under Oath; and yet, the Judge keeps order and marks time while the Jury hears perversion of The Truth. This is the “Law of the Land;” therefore the “King and his lies” slipped in to the New Millennium.” Now, In July 1999 a third report was dictated by The LORD; The WORD given and published is the following: “You are MY brother, the ALEUZENEV prophet, whom will spread the rest and the refreshing of MY WORD for the new Millennium. But for now begin calling our Jewish brothers, because ADONAI, is calling them to ALEUZENEV which is the name of HIS CITY, which is New JERUSALEM; that comes out of HEAVEN from HIM, and MY New Name.” [See REVELATION 3: 12.] The prophet then called HIS brothers as commanded by The LORD saying: “Vengan mis hermanos Judios para ALEUZENEV”; meaning spiritually: “Come to The LORD all you that have a Vision of PEACE”; but nobody has answered that called yet. JESUS also said: “And tell our brothers; do not be afraid of Death, because Death is among you; but be afraid of not living a RIGHTEOUS LIFE, because if you don’t, you shall die.” Many more things like this are recorded at www.aleuzenez.com
4/16/07 On this day Cho Sheng Hui killed 32 of his brothers and sisters and himself at Virginia Tech University. On this day the people of America are in derision thinking why this could happen? And the Liar said; “they where in the wrong place at the wrong time.” But I know: “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under Heaven; a time to be born and a time to die.” Ecclesiastes 3. Then, someone else said; “We are Virginia Tech! We will prevail! We will prevail! We will prevail!” But the LORD says to AMERICA: “You shall not prevail with your words! You shall not prevail with your might and WAR! You shall not prevail with Technology and Pride. But, BY MY SPIRIT shall you prevail and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. Thus Says the LORD! AMERICA REPENT!
Ivor Manuel Prophet, April 20, 2007, Year of OUR LORD. Aleluya! Amen! Aleuzenev!

10:01 PM, April 21, 2007  

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